I’m feeling pretty crappy about my day. Nothing extreme happened, but it was just one of those days. I had a disheartening day at work, my Dentist discovered three cavities that I have to have filled, and our two-year-old was poorly behaved at dinner. I’ve been in a sour mood for hours, even though I know I truly have very little to be unhappy about. I don’t enjoy feeling this way, so I’m going to attempt to look at the day from a different perspective.
This morning, I woke up in my large bed in my bedroom that is bigger than some houses in other parts of the world. I used warm running water and electricity as I showered and dressed myself for the day in one of the many lightly-used maternity outfits I was fortunate enough to have received from other generous moms. Once I was ready, I got to spend 30 minutes with my children as I readied them for school. Our pantry and refrigerator were full of breakfast options – so many that we’ll probably end up throwing some out before we get a chance to eat them. My coffee, brewed instantly in our single-cup brewer, was hot and comforting. When we were all dressed and fed the kids grabbed their Lands End backpacks, I grabbed my iPhone, and we piled into the large SUV we purchased brand new last year.
I hugged my children as I dropped them off at a school full of people who will care for them, encourage them and educate them. A few minutes later, I arrived at my own workplace where I am employed full-time and well compensated. I spent the day singing, playing guitar, and interacting with children and adults. I spent 30 minutes enjoying lunch with some of my favorite ladies. When I did experience conflict today, I was able to express myself without fear of reprimand or retaliation with like-minded adults who, like me, just want the best for everyone. Before leaving, a friend helped me load into my car a lightly-used crib mattress that was given to me by another work friend who no longer needs it, eliminating another cost associated with bringing a new person into the world.
After picking my children up from school, we stopped at home for a short while before leaving again to pick up my husband at his steady job and head to the dentist. Fortunately, my insurance covered most of the visit, and it will also cover the filling of the three small cavities the Dentist was skilled enough to find before they became more serious. While I reclined in the dentist’s chair and had someone else clean my otherwise very healthy teeth, I could feel the kicking and rolling of our third child who, despite not yet being born, has also benefitted from some of the best healthcare available.
Following our appointment, we headed to a local restaurant where we ordered from the menu without having to consider the price, enjoyed a nice meal, and paid for everything by handing over a card to an account that we know has enough money to cover everything. When our two-year-old wouldn’t stop wiggling and kicking, I would reprimand him and he would respond with hugs and an “I’m sorry, Mommy” and sit still for a good 30 seconds before starting up again. He never got up from his seat and he didn’t bother any of the other diners or staff. We even had enough food to bring some home to eat at another time.
Once home, we again used amenities that we take for granted to make sure everyone was washed and dressed in one of their many sets of pajamas. Homework was completed, books were read, and goodnight kisses and hugs were plenty. Tired, but healthy, financially stable, and blessed with countless loved ones, we crawled into bed, soon to fall asleep with little worry.
Wow! That’s much better. I had a really great day today after all!